Central Asian countries will develop a unified program for the development of transport communications

Central Asian countries will develop a unified program for the development of transport communications

The Central Asian countries will develop a unified program for the development of transport communications. This initiative was proposed by Uzbekistan. According to the country's leadership, joint efforts will accelerate the integration of the region into a system of international transport corridors and will allow realizing the transport potential. The strategy will help develop common approaches in this area. Moreover, in the region establishment of a transport communications council is proposed, which will become the coordinating structure in resolving transport and logistics problems in Central Asia. Experts say that all these measures will help the Central Asian countries to increase their competitiveness in the world stage. The region’s analytical centres held a detailed discussion in the topic at the first expert forum of Central Asia recently in Tashkent.

SANAT KUSHKUMBAYEV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, KAZAKHSTAN INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES:

 - One of the main topics discussed was a practical implementation of ideas that were voiced, particularly, by President of Uzbekistan Mirziyoyev at the forum in Tashkent on September 21st. This is the implementation of transport and communication initiatives. This initiative is aimed at uniting potentials of our countries and improving the throughput of transport arteries, including all types of transport. This will also simplify customs procedures and create transport corridors that all countries can use.

Today, the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program is actively being implemented. Participants come from 11 countries. The CAREC coordinates investments in road, rail and other transport and cross-border infrastructures in order to complete six multimodal corridors connecting Central Asia and world markets.

SANAT KUSHKUMBAYEV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, KAZAKHSTAN INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES:

 - As part of this initiative, a large amount of money has been invested in the transport infrastructure. Until 2020, the volume of these investments in CAREC is estimated at nearly US$39 billion which is a fairly significant amount. The largest investment will be made in Kazakhstan’s infrastructure due to its geographical factor and territory.

We want all Central Asian countries to synchronize their transport strategies and policies so that they can successfully develop and provide passage of goods according to uniform standards.

In the future, the Central Asian countries intend to harmonize laws and standards with the international legal system as well as switching to an electronic document management system and increase the speed of cargo passage. According to the last year's results, the trade volume between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan grew by 38%. This is a direct result of the opening of new checkpoints on the border of the two countries and the improvement of traffic corridors, experts said.